2003 Honda Accord EX V6 5 Speed Automatic from North America - Comments

23rd Jan 2007, 09:05

I own a 2003 Accord EX V6. I LOVE my car. The engine is great and responsive and while my wife likes the ride of the Toyota Camry better, I am happy with the car. Having said that, what keeps me from being really, really happy have been:

1. Rear brakes. For the life of me, I've never had rear brakes wear down so quickly (20-35K). Usually its the front brakes and they usually get 40-50K or more. I haven't replaced the front brakes yet and I have 95,000 miles on the car.

2. Tires. The original Michelins are V rated and very expensive to replace. I replaced them with Michelins again, but would consider going with the B.F. Goodrich V rated tire at COSTCO instead next time. The Michelins lasted very well and rode okay, but I didn't know how much performance would suffer if I went to a lesser tire. The new Michelins are improved and I like them better than the originals. B.F. Goodrich is owned by Michelin, but is considered the next tier down.

19th Mar 2007, 19:43

I own a 2003 4DR HONDA Accord EX V6 AT which is built in U.S. So far I love the way it feels at 28k. The only minor problem I got is regarding the brakes sometimes it sounds like a fingernail on a chalkboard besides that I love the Accord V6. As you notice it has a low millage for the year it was built it is because I use it only for work, mostly city driving. I dont follow the 3k-5k oil change time period. I do it regularly every 3 months.

For me HONDA is the most reliable car company in the world. Consumer Reports Magazine can prove it for you.

15th May 2007, 14:27

I have a 2003 V6 Accord which is about done. I have about 96,000 miles so I understand before anyone states anything that I drove it a lot. Most of it was on highway. What the problems are is that around 70K the transmission started having issues. It feels to be with the 2nd and 3rd gear. They had a recall for the transmission for the 2nd gear in which they added a pump to help lubricate the 2nd gear. I took it in and they just flushed the system and it worked. I should have seen the signs and got rid of the car on some sucker dealership as they have a habit of suckering us, but I did not. Now at 96,000 miles it is done for and I need another transmission. I have also heard for others who had the same recall for their accord and acura tl have the same issues. Before anyone says anything I did not purchase the extended warranty because my family has always had accords and they never had any problems, ever. 1 car went to 200k and the other car went to 160K. I am also having a problem with the Radio in my car. I have a Nav version and everythin works great except the radio. The sound goes in and out. The funny part is the CD player works great. The car is great except for those issues. I will never buy a accord at the beginning of their next generations. Just wait a year to let them work out the kinks.

Oh, straight highway always let me get about 27 - 30 mpg and a mix of both had me about the 19 mp range. I did at one point on a long trip have the avg. at 36mpg. Crazy!

3rd Aug 2007, 17:55

I own a 2003 coupe HONDA Accord EX V6. I just bought it last month. The design of the car is very nice and the engine is really powerful. I'm just disappointed with my gas mileage! I'm not a race driver and try to drive economically. Mostly a mix of highway and city driving; but for 17 g tank take only 290 miles!!Does anybody have the some problem? Which gas should I use? I use the regular 87.

13th Aug 2007, 12:24

I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6, fully loaded with 60k miles. I did not purchase the extended warranty because I have always owned Hondas and have never had a problem. I currently also own a 90 CRX and it has 222k on it and I've absolutely had no problems what so ever. Recently the low oil pressure light has come on twice in my new accord. Both times I had very low oil in my car. At first I thought it was the people who were doing my oil change and switched to another shop, but when the problem happened again I started to think twice. I have had my car serviced every 3k miles and there are no visible signs of oil leaks and no smell of burning oil. I am now doing an oil consumption test with the dealership, but am worried it might be something more. It just seems really odd to me and am wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

8th Sep 2007, 01:17

You should be on 95 RON petrol or 98; this will give you better mileage. Since Katrina, Bush has allowed USA refineries to increase their sulphur content, dirty fuel. This is a slow time bomb for engines. The british have the best & cleanest fuels.

20th Sep 2007, 17:13

Hmm...so you think that my car using 4 quarts in 3000 miles is due to the gas I use? I don't agree... but please explain so I can understand your view point. I've heard of another 03 Accord EX V6 having a scratch on cylinder #3 and that explains the oil usage more than the type of gas I use. Let me know your thoughts.

23rd Dec 2007, 22:49

I use Accord 2006, so far it runs great I tried with all octane level gas 87 -- Rough ride bad mileage, 89 --- OK ride, but low mileage 91 --- Mileage around 25 on highway and on 93 which is filled at shell gas station I got 30 miles/gallon, so far no problems, I would suggest to use 93 grade oil sold at shell gas station...

No problems, but I find the steering wheel very hard, does any one have the same problem?

25th Dec 2007, 03:50

To the 2003 Honda Accord owner who is losing oil every 3k miles, did you determine the problem? I am having the same problem with my 2003 Accord. It seems that after 55k, my oil light goes on after 2k miles. There is no smell of oil burning, the exhaust is clear, and Jiffy Lube does not see any leak. Has anyone had a similar experience and know the cause?

21st Jan 2008, 13:41

I too have a 2003 Accord EX-V6. I bought it used with 43,000 miles on it. It now has 67,000 miles on it. Problems include the radio back-light, which is manufacturers defect (apparently one of the circuit boards heats up too much and causes a problem), a motor for the windshield wipers had to be replaced, for $300. Had to have a brake job at 55K. Otherwise, just ordinary maintenance. I get about 19.5 mpg around town and a little over 27 mpg on the highway.

The engine in this car is absolutely wonderful, but the transmission shifts funny and is now making strange noises at low speeds when it needs to shift. The only other things I don't particularly care for regarding this car are (1) the incredibly rough ride. The words "lumber wagon" come to mind. My kidneys feel every little bump on a city street. It feels as if I have no shocks on this car. And, to go along with that, the rattles that come from the dashboard are driving me crazy. I bought the extended warranty for engine and drivetrain. I still hope I don't need it for the transmission in this thing. Would I buy another Honda? I'm thinking probably not. Toyota or Nissan are probably in my future.